In view of the stabilization of the situation in Japan and the recent lifting of travel advisories on Japan by countries such as Singapore and China, Royal Caribbean International plans to deploy its cruise ship Legend of the Seas back to Japanese ports-of-call starting with Okinawa on August 1, following its Hong Kong summer season.

Legend of the Seas will be operating 11 sailings including a number of charters to various Japanese ports-of-call such as Okinawa, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu, Nagasaki and Hokkaido, out from Hong Kong, Tianjin and Shanghai, from late July to early October. These sailings are mostly based on the ship’s itineraries originally planned for this year, which do not call at the areas affected by the tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Kelvin Tan, Regional Director, Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said, “Judging from the current situation in Japan, we are well-assured of the safety of travelling to Japan. Japan has always been an attractive tourist destination and its show of great resilience in the face of the recent crisis has given travellers the confidence to visit the country again.”

"Travellers also understand that visiting these cities on a cruise ship is a safe and hassle-free option," he added.

Besides the North Asian cruises to Japan and Korea, Legend of the Seas is also offering cruises to Taiwan, Vietnam and Sanya from Hong Kong from June to July and from October to November.